Living small is all the rage right now. If you've seen Tiny House Hunters, you know exactly what we're talking about.
People from all walks of life are ditching their traditional houses and opting to live tiny instead. Some are students looking for a cheaper option to get them through college. Others are travelers who aren't home all the time and don't need a lot of space. And the rest are simply minimalists who enjoy the finer things in life.
Whatever the reason, micro homes are becoming the way of the future. Whether it's just a trend or something that will stand the test of time is yet to be seen.
A book surfaced a few years ago that has been an international sensation. The New York Times Best Seller, 'The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up' showcases the Japanese art of de-cluttering and organizing your living space.
The notion is to pick up an item and ask yourself if it brings you joy, if it does—keep it. If it doesn't—get rid of it. It's a powerful concept that really puts things into perspective. We often hoard belongings simply because we have the space to do so. If we didn't have the luxury of having all of this space and storage—we would be forced to further examine what items are actually important to us. And maybe, that's a good thing.
Although tiny, these mighty little homes have a lot to offer, including a whole new way of living life.
20 Cheaper Way To Live - Cut Back Costs
It's no secret that living tiny is a lot easier on the wallet. Even when you rent out a tiny house, it's obviously a lot less space than a normal-sized house, townhouse and even a lot of condos out there.
Therefore, you can save a lot of money per month by choosing a micro home over more traditional housing units. You can use this money to save up for trips, go out with friends more or simply just stop living paycheck to paycheck. The opportunities are endless. If you're struggling to meet your rent and pay your bills on time—you may want to look into micro suite living.
19 Become A Home Owner - Even If You Didn't Think It Was Possible
If you have always dreamed of becoming a home owner but it always seemed too far out of reach to ever become a reality—think again. Micro homes in the U.S. can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000 depending on what style you choose. This completely opens up your chances of owning a space to call home.
Let's say you buy one for $40,000. That is an average salary that a lot of people could actually afford. Depending on where you decide to park it, you'd only have to pay a small rent fee for the land it's on. This gives you the flexibility to choose exactly where you want to live (and be able to move it around too!)
18 Get Out Of Debt - Hello, Freedom
Life is expensive. Whether you're a student racked with loan debt, going through a messy divorce or simply just have a seemingly never-ending credit card bill to pay off – most people have suffered from some sort of debt in their lifetime.
If tiny homes aren't your permanent solution, they could be a good temporary fix to save some money over a few years and get yourself on a better financial track for the future.
There's no shame in cutting back costs, getting rid of some of your belongings and living a more simple life to become a more financially stable adult.
17 Easy To Keep Clean - More Time For You
So you don't like cleaning—that's completely normal. But it's a necessary task that we all have to do (unless you can afford help constantly). One of the many benefits of living in a tiny house is that clean-up time is a cinch.
Obviously there is way less space, which means you will save yourself from cleaning multiple hours a week. Most tiny houses just have a few surface areas to keep clean and minimal (if any) carpeted areas. If anything, a quick sweep and wipe down of counters is all a typical week of cleaning will entail.
A lot of tiny houses actually have stackable washer/dryer units or a two-in-one that gets the job done efficiently.
16 Practice Minimalism - Keep What Really Matters
Studies have shown that living a more minimalist life is a lot healthier for us. We as humans collect too many things throughout our lives that just clutter our living space and therefore our minds in the process.
If you clean out your closet every spring, you will see how many items of clothing you hold on to that you never even wear. A lot of people are too attached to inanimate objects and convince themselves to hold on to things forever, because 'what if' they suddenly 'need' them.
The minimalist approach forces you to take a hard look in the mirror and evaluate what really matters most to you.
15 Encourage You To Travel More - Explore The World
With all of the money you save from living in a smaller space, you can actually afford to see more of the world—which is a huge plus. This style of living is very popular for flight attendants or any one else who is more free-spirited and isn't home a lot of the time.
There are so many beautiful places to see in the world and living in a tiny house allows you to actually experience that. There's less home maintenance also—giving you more flexibility to roam free from responsibilities, even if it is just for a little while.
14 Can Actually Travel With Your House - Road Trip Every Week
If you don't like to sit still for too long, you can always just get up and take your house with you. Many tiny homes can be transported by a trailer which is a huge advantage if you love exploring new places regularly.
Ever dreamed of taking a road trip across the U.S. or even Canada? That dream can be a reality by having a new 'morning view' every day of the week.
There's something magical about making multiple places you visit 'home.' What are you waiting for? The world is out there just waiting for you to explore it.
13 Be One With Nature - A Haven For Outdoor Enthusiasts
It's simple—outdoor enthusiasts always gravitate towards tiny houses. Why? Because nature is in their backyard and the options are limitless. First of all, you have complete freedom to choose where your backyard is (literally). You can rent land at a beautiful park, by the beach, on farmland—the choice is completely up to you.
Also, by having such a small living space—it'll force you to want to get outside more and explore your surroundings. Some tiny homes even come equipped with the tiniest of patios for you to just sit back, unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature.
12 Sparks Creativity - You Didn't Even Know You Had
Living small requires a lot of creativity. It forces you to think outside the box (quite literally). While others think nothing about buying more items and throwing it in their walk-in closet—you have to.
There are so many life hacks for tiny living that show you how to save space when you don't have much of it. For example, some staircases leading to the loft bed actually double as drawers for more storage solutions. You can also purchase smaller furniture or create multi-dimensional pieces like a desk that can collapse into a normal side table.
By being creative and utilizing your space, you'll realize it's actually pretty easy (and freeing) to live this way.
11 Cozy And Chic - Ooh La La
Obviously tiny homes have a major cuteness factor to them. If this appeals to you at all, there's no need to feel ashamed—you're definitely not alone. They are super cozy and incredibly chic. Sometimes that's all it takes to sway someone into living in one, no judgement here. People often say that less is more and tiny homes prove just that.
When it's cold outside or you just had a really bad day—you will be more than happy to come back home and cozy up in this small but incredibly comfortable space that is just yours to enjoy.
10 Less Decor - Simplify Your Life
As we just said above, sometimes less is truly more. When it comes to decorating your place—remember that some of the most beautiful spaces are created by using a minimalist approach. You don't need a ton of knick knacks or photographs on the walls. While a few are great, too many of them often clutter the space and make it look messy even when it's not.
When you walk into your home, you want it to feel airy and bright. You want a clean space to call your own. Less decor and less belongings will definitely help you to achieve this goal.
9 Feels More Safe - Stable And Secure
Have you ever been home alone or house-sitting for someone and felt completely terrified once the sun goes down? This usually happens when you're staying in a larger space. We often feel more secure and safe when we can see all of our surroundings at once. When you're alone in a big house, this isn't even remotely possible.
It can feel unnerving to be in a room upstairs with no awareness of what's happening on the floor below you. But with tiny living, you will see and hear anything before it happens. This makes them ultra-safe, secure and of course, cozy.
8 Stunning Architecture - At Its Finest
There is a lot of stunning architecture to be seen in the world today. This is only amplified when it comes to the creation of tiny houses. Because of their small size, it's really quite incredible how stunning these spaces can become once complete.
With unique storage solutions, pint-sized patios and an immaculate attention to detail, micro houses have a lot to offer. Builders can even create the illusion of more space with simple and clean lines. By adding a lot of windows they also make it more bright, airy, open and welcoming for guests who come to visit the space.
7 Freeing - Born To Be Wild
Another concept that typically attracts people to live tiny is the idea of being free. If you ever felt tempted to sell the majority of your belongings, pack up and explore the world—this may appeal to you.
By owning less belongings, you will automatically feel less tied down. You won't feel like you have all these responsibilities and things weighing you down in life. Simplifying your wardrobe and going through your items on a regular basis is a good step to achieve this goal. Take time to really reflect on what you have, how often you use it and decide if it really adds value to your everyday life.
6 Design It Yourself - DIY To The Extreme
Even if you don't do it yourself, you can design it yourself. If you're starting a tiny house from scratch, you can have input on literally every detail in your new home. Choose what material you want it to be made out of, select the colours, decide what kind of loft bed you want to have. If you do a loft bed, you can choose to have collapsing stairs leading up to it or make them a permanent fixture and have them double as drawers instead.
There are so many options for designing a tiny house and you can be in complete control of it. If that excites you, get planning ASAP.
5 Completely Customizable - Add Your Own Personal Touch
With designing how it looks, you can also design how it functions. Customize any part of your tiny home to meet your specific needs. You can choose whether to have a bath tub or just a shower. You can select a stackable washer/dryer or one that does both in one machine. You can choose everything from the type of flooring you have to the type of sink you want installed.
Whether you want to go all out and make your tiny home truly unique or just keep things more basic, it is entirely up to you. Let those creative juices start flowing and get started on your masterpiece.
4 Improves Living Situation - Whether Solo Or Not
Everyone should live alone at least once in their lifetime. But that's not always the most financially feasible option for a lot of people. Living tiny may allow more people to live alone that would otherwise think they wouldn't be able to afford it. This sense of independence is a great and freeing feeling.
On the other hand, if you are living with a friend or significant other, this can also be a great solution. You will learn to get along better and communicate more often. Why? Because you have no other option. You can't just stomp across the hall and slam the door to your bedroom.
Living in close quarters with someone may not be a long-term solution for all, but could be an interesting way to test your relationship.
3 Warmer In The Winter - Escape The Cold
A tiny house actually stays warmer in the winter than its larger housing counterparts. It's small, it's warm, it's cozy—what more could you want? Escape the cold of the outdoors in the winter months by simply snuggling up inside with your loved one or four-legged companion.
With a spacious loft space and a micro-sized love seat, there are plenty of places for you to relax and melt away those stresses. You can just cuddle up with a book and a cup of tea while watching the weather outside the window. If you love the sound of rain pouring, a tiny house will definitely amplify that sound and you will feel right at home.
2 More Environmentally Friendly - Be More Conscious
Because of its compact size, a tiny house obviously uses less energy. There's also less appliances (because you have much less room) and the appliances you do have are often smaller in size and used less frequently. These factors all contribute to making your house a lot more environmentally friendly than traditional ones. Therefore, in turn, it also forces you to be a lot more conscious of your personal impact on the environment as a whole as well.
In this day and age, living more 'green' and simple can definitely help preserve our planet for future generations so why not contribute to that in any way you can.
1 A Greater Appreciation - Enjoy The Finer Things In Life
When we strip away all our external resources or just simplify our lives by getting rid of excess belongings we really don't need—we do something really powerful. Not just for ourselves, but for all of those around us. We pay more attention to the people in our lives rather than just the stuff we have filling our homes. It gives us a greater appreciation for the things we do have rather than focusing on what we don't have. It allows us to open ourselves up to enjoy what truly matters in life and that is probably the biggest benefit of this lifestyle.
If you think you'd like to try out tiny living, there's no time like the present. But it's not always for everyone. Getting rid of things can be hard and making a lifestyle change can be scary—but it's worth it, even if it's just for a chapter of your life.